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Firstly, allow us to get this out of the way: L.U.R.K. mod is no longer in active development, and we're launching a new project on Unreal Engine 4.

For a long time now, a lot of you have been asking about L.U.R.K. 2.0. Truth be told, we were enthusiastic about the future of the mod, and all the recent developments in the STALKER modding community were extremely promising. Within the past few months, we've seen the release of the much-awaited Lost Alpha mod, as well as the source code leaks for both SoC and CoP.

We were spoiled for choice, and took a step back to reassess the direction of the mod, now we had so much more to work with. Despite all these new and exciting developments, we kept having to face the grim reality: no matter what, we'd still be working with half-broken tools, shoddy SDKs, and messy code just to make it all work.

Relatively recently, Epic Games launched their new Unreal Engine 4 on a new subscription model, making it accessible to many indie developers putting their foot in the door of the games industry. Some of us who already hold game dev jobs were already working with UE4 and enjoying its power and usability immensely, which made going back to STALKER development all the more frustrating. So in the end, we made the decision: we're going to march into the future, and carve out something from scratch. A new game that serves as a spiritual successor, but without all the shortcomings and buggy workarounds inherent to working with STALKER's engines.

This decision was based on a lot of factors - with the amount of assets we've made for LURK, we can painlessly move them over to UE4 to have a solid foundation to work with. We'd also be gaining a lot of relevant experience working with UE4, so even if we fail, we'd still walk away with something we can take into potential future careers.

However, it's still sad to say goodbye to the project that first inspired us to become developers, and I hope that you all understand that we don't make this decision lightly. L.U.R.K. has been my baby for over three years now, but now is as good of a time as any to move on to bigger and better things.

Keep on lurking, fellow LURKers. We have great confidence in the STALKER modding community still, and we know that you'll all find enjoyable mods still being released into the future for this great game series. Expect to hear from us again about our new project sometime soon!

- Panzerdraco
Team LURK Lead Manager

First footage of in-game music in L.U.R.K.

First footage of in-game music in L.U.R.K.

1 year ago News 31 comments

In this video you can see the first footage of triggered music in the game. After leaving the bunker, you'll hear this tune.

A Key Element During Stormy Weather

A Key Element During Stormy Weather

1 year ago News 12 comments

Daemonion describes his approach to interior audio during storms, as a teaser of sorts to the full Dev Diary 12.

Music in L.U.R.K. - Yannick Zenhäusern

Music in L.U.R.K. - Yannick Zenhäusern

1 year ago News 12 comments

Yannick talks about the new way we're approaching musical cues in L.U.R.K. and also shares some of his methods for composition.

Do you like thunder? I sure like thunder.

Do you like thunder? I sure like thunder.

1 year ago News 19 comments

Daemonion provides some insight into the long awaited 12th Sound Design Development Diary regarding how he'll handle rain, storms and weather in L.U.R.K...

The L.U.R.K. team wants to provide the best possible experience from Stalker: Shadow of Chernobyl, we don't plan to skew the scope of this game, because I, like many others, fell in love with the game because of the story, the realistic gameplay, and...

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HectorShiroi Oct 27 2014 says:

Ok the project on the UE4, but damn, you did so much cool work and you won't release it, damn damn and damn again :S
Good luck for the future, I'll be one of the first to buy an hypotetical Stalker 4 (with UE4 it would be a graphical blast too)

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stalkerforever Nov 6 2014 replied:

Since their new project will be similar to S.T.A.L.K.E.R., can they get sued for it, how does it work?

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stalkerforever Oct 27 2014 replied:

I like your avatar, and yeah hope the game ends up being good.

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milosv Oct 23 2014 says:

Can you at least release the mod in the state it is? YOu guys did work a lot on it already?

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stalkerforever Oct 23 2014 says:

Can we have the option to use the vanilla main menu in lurk mod 1.2?

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ISemiI Oct 24 2014 replied:

There will be no LURK 1.2, it seems.

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mastermaniac Oct 22 2014 says:

"We're off to become big-time game developers using UE4! Weeeeeee!"
I fear that reality, when it hits, is going to hit you very, very hard indeed.

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stalkerforever Oct 25 2014 replied:

I don't get it, whats going on? did they abandon lurk mod cause they got hired somewhere?

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mastermaniac Oct 25 2014 replied:

From the tenor of their last update, it sounds as though they're pretending to be able to make their very own spiritual successor from scratch in UE4.

I guess that's their way of lessening the blow for those less informed about how game development works. At least that's what I'm hoping, because if they're sincere then the reality check is going to be terrible indeed.

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stalkerforever Oct 25 2014 replied:

So they're remaking S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl in their own way or an inspired game from it? And is Unreal Engine 4 a bad engine, is that what you mean?

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mastermaniac Oct 25 2014 replied:

No. What I am saying is that creating a Stalker-style game from scratch is a massive, ridiculously over-complicated undertaking. To casually suggest that four, maybe five guys can do such a thing in their spare time is an obvious symptom of delusions of grandeur.

"Screw it, we're making our own Stalker game in Unreal Engine 3!" That's essentially the statement, possibly just intended to make LURK fans feel better. No matter the reason they said it, it's a pretty ridiculous notion.

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